One thing anyone considering eventually taking Social Security benefits can do could be to check out a copy of Get What's Yours. Unless you'd rather study those 2,728 rules and try to figure them out for yourself.
Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest?
Dodd-Frank. ObamaCare. And most recently, Social Security, on the occasion of its 80th birthday this month. All have been blasted of late, if not since inception. And in each case, the charge is the same: Complexity.
Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing Stanley Dorsainville. His captivating personal journey and commitment to human rights have driven him to accomplish quite astounding feats before the age of 26.
For years, Republicans have used race bait politics to consolidate their support among white, working class voters. For years, they postured about military action for partisan advantage. For years, they have worshipped Reagan as a man on a horse who rode in to save the country. Now Trump's tropes recycle these themes, in more nationalist, bawdy and bigoted rants. And in indicting our failed trade policies, defending Social Security and Medicare, questioning mindless interventions, he strays from the Republican gospel to appeal to the concerns of working Americans. He's calling out the phonies and offering himself as a true man on the horse to make America great again. The Republican establishment may just find themselves reaping what they have sown.
As we traveled and spoke with organizations and leaders across Honduras we encountered deep opposition to the militarization and corruption of public life that have accompanied the drug war.
Since millennials don't know how much government support they will have during retirement, they need to start saving now. Here are a few good retirement savings tips: Pay off all debt first to avoid accruing interest and put money into an IRA automatically.
As Social Security turns 80 this year, we celebrate it as the nation's most successful anti-poverty program in history. In 80 years, it has lifted millions of our families out of poverty and never missed a payment. But millions of the seniors in our communities still live in poverty today.
We have already done a great experiment to see how things work out for people without Social Security. That experiment was called life during the 1920s and 1930s.
Unfortunately, if you aren't in touch with your ex and don't know his PIA, you won't know exactly what your spousal benefit will be until you file. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can't tell you anything in advance.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes figuring out what the hell to do about Social Security. Retirement planning can be quite complicated for anyone, but the newness of Social Security options for LGBT couples find some of us unprepared.
While Kasich and Bush certainly took a more measured tone in the first Republican debate compared to, say, Donald Trump, their policy positions and records as governor in Ohio and Florida show that they're just as extreme and far-right as the rest of the Republican field.
Paul Krugman's column today in the New York Times, entitled "Republicans Against Retirement" is a masterpiece of obfuscation and innuendo. It asserts that any candidate in favor of addressing the sustainability of Social Security has been bought by big money waging an ideological war at the expense of seniors.
Social security has been a national treasure for 80 years, bringing financial stability, independence and dignity to millions of Americans. We certainly have a lot to celebrate today because Social Security has an outstanding record of achievement.
Social Security needs reform. But, that reform should take place in the form of expansion not cuts. Like millions of other Americans, Social Security is a lifeline for my family, but without an expansion, it is an increasingly fraying one.
Alf Landon, the Kansas governor running as the Republican Party's 1936 presidential candidate, called it a "fraud on the working man." Silas Strawn, a former president of both the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said it was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to "Sovietize the country."